November 27, 1927 ~ February 3, 2020

Born in: Georgia
Resided in: Snellville, Georgia

William Warren Cox of Snellville, Georgia passed away on February 3, 2020 at the age of 92.

Billy was born in Harris County, Georgia on November 27, 1927, to the late Mary and J.T. Cox. He was raised in Whitesville, Georgia, and graduated from Chipley High School. Afterwards, he lied about his age and joined the Navy where he served towards the end of World War II. While he hoped to travel the world, he only made it as far as Maryland, and never left the territorial waters of the United States. He briefly attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College before going to work for Southern Bell. He retired after 40 years with the Bell System, but that retirement was short-lived. He immediately accepted a job with the Atlanta Olympic Committee for the 1996 Olympic Games. When he could no longer avoid true retirement, he filled his time growing prized tomatoes (which could only be planted after April 15) and completing countless lists of projects created by his wife, children, grandchildren, church and friends. 

Billy is survived by loving wife, Jane Smith Cox, of Goat Rock. They were married at Piney Grove Baptist Church in Fortson, Georgia on December 22, 1951. They lived in Columbus before moving to Atlanta in 1964.

In addition to his wife of 68 years, Billy is survived by his children, Mike (Linda) Cox of Snellville, Georgia, and Melissa (Richard) Panarese of Atlanta, Georgia; and his grandchildren Christopher Cox, Blaine Cox and Chandler Panarese, all living in Atlanta. Also surviving are his sister and brothers, Betty Beegle, of Whitesville, Georgia, J.T. Cox of Fayetteville, Georgia, and Franklin (Mary Jo) Cox of Pine Mountain, Georgia, along with many nieces and nephews.

Billy is predeceased by his parents, his younger brother James Cox, and his younger sister, Ruth Hedden. 

The family wishes to express their deep appreciation to Billy’s caregivers Kimberly Strange and Gabby Smith, and to Circle of Friends Hospice, for their kindness, compassion and support. 

 A visitation with family will be held at Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel,1040 Main Street
Stone Mountain, 30083, on Saturday, February 22, 2020 beginning at 2:00 pm. A service to celebrate a life well lived will follow in the chapel beginning at 2:30.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a contribution in Billy’s honor be made to Trinity Lutheran Church at 1826 Killian Hill Rd SW, Lilburn, GA 30047.

Services

Visitation: February 22, 2020 2:00 pm - February 22, 2020 2:30 pm

Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel
1040 Main Street
Stone Mountain, 30083

770-469-9811

Room: A&B

Memorial Service: February 22, 2020 2:30 pm - February 22, 2020 3:30 pm

Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel
1040 Main Street
Stone Mountain, 30083

770-469-9811

Room: Chapel

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  1. Bill was the BEST man I ever worked for. He led a life of dignity and compassion toward all. He was a model for those who worked for him. I only recently learned of his passing. My sincere sympathy is extended to Jane an d his family.

  2. Bill was the BEST man I ever worked for. He led a life of dignity and compassion and served as a role model for all those around him. I just recently learned of his passing. My sincere sympathy to Jane and the family.

  3. CandleImageI just learned of the passing of Billy, he was a fine man with integrity in his work. We used to discuss Pine Mountain, Hamilton Ga. & Columbus after we both moved away following our work in the telephone business. He helped me a lot in my career at Southern Bell & Bellsouth. Prayers to the family.

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